One person has died and another seriously injured after an explosion at a military hardware factory in Salisbury.

A fire broke out at Chemring Countermeasures facility after the blast on Friday evening, police said.

The blaze has since been extinguished and an investigation is being launched.

A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: “The ambulance service contacted Wiltshire Police and Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service just after 5pm today following reports of an explosion at the Chemring Countermeasures plant on High Post Road, Netton.

“Six fire crews were in attendance. Two were from Salisbury and the rest from Andover, Fordingbridge, Pewsey and Cranbourne and were supported by the incident command vehicle from Devizes.

“An initial fire on site has been extinguished. We have two casualties that have been identified.

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“One of them sadly died at the scene and the other has been taken to hospital in a critical condition.”

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